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Latest genetic and genomic news, media resources, and information of broad interest to students and educators.

‘I Can Haz Genomes’: Cats Claw Their Way Into Genetics

Description: Canine dominance bows to tabby chic as cat sequencing takes off. An article by Ewen Callaway.

Barrier-Breaking Drug May Lead to Spinal Cord Injury Treatments

Description: Injections of a new drug may partially relieve paralyzing spinal cord injuries, based on indications from a study in rats, which was partly funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Ebola Genomes Sequenced

Description: Responding rapidly to the deadly outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa, a team of researchers from the Broad Institute and Harvard University, working with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation and researchers elsewhere, has sequenced and analyzed many Ebola virus genomes. The researchers hope their results will speed up scientific understanding of the epidemic and assist global efforts to contain it.

Genomics and Health

Description: Links to genomics and health impact news and publications, as well as to CDC updates and news

Get Your Flu Shot Anyway, Despite Genetic Drift

Description: Flu season is on a fast pace, now defined as a pandemic in the U.S.. Some people are shouting that this year’s flu vaccine isn’t a good match. Well, that’s partly right and partly uncertain.

Infographic - What Are We Learning from Epigenetics?

Description: An emerging field that could transform how we look at disease causes and prevention

Know Your Family History - Improve Your Health

Description: A video demonstration on how to use your family health history to assess your risks and identify ways to stay healthy

Mediterranean Diet Is Good for Your DNA

Description: The Mediterranean diet — higher in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and olive oil, and lower in dairy products and meat — has long been cited for its health-promoting benefits. Researchers have new clues as to why.

National Drug Facts Week (NDFW)

Description: January 26 – February 1, 2015 is National Drug Facts Week (NDFW). NDFW is a national health observance for teens to promote local events that use science to shatter drug myths.

Navigating GeneEd Web site

Description: A video overview of GeneEd, including its potential use in the classroom and teacher testimonials

Navigating Genetics Education Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Description: A training video on using online genetics education resources from the National Library of Medicine in the classroom

NHGRI Newsroom

Description: A listing of the National Human Genome Research Institute's latest genomic news

NIH Funds Robots to Assist People With Disabilities

Description: New research in robotics might help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Projects investigating co-robotics are the focus of new funding from the National Institutes of Health.

NIH Grants Aim To Decipher the Language of Gene Regulation

Description: The National Institutes of Health has awarded grants of more than $28 million aimed at deciphering the language of how and when genes are turned on and off.

NIH Researchers Link Chromosome Region to Gigantism

Description: Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found a duplication of a short stretch of the X chromosome in some people with a rare disorder that causes excessive childhood growth.

Scientists Develop Thought-Controlled Gene Switch

Description: Genes can be switched on using the power of thought, a study reports. An article by Melissa Hogenboom, Science reporter, BBC News

Single Animal to Human Transmission Event Responsible for 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Description: NIH-funded scientist uses latest genomic technology to make discovery

Take the 'Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms' Mobile App With You

Description: Information on the release of the National Human Genome Research Institute's 'Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms' mobile app

The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Initiative

Description: H3Africa aims to facilitate the study of genomics and environmental determinants of common diseases with the goal of improving the health of African populations.

Tweets of the Week

Description: Follow tweets written by Dr. Khoury, the director of the CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics